Josie McCoy is a MA graduate from St Martin's.
Her paintings are in the BBC and in private collections. Her work
was shown in 1999 in Artfutures at the Royal Festival Hall, included
in the BP Portrait Awards 2000 at the National Portrait Gallery
and the Britart show at the Dazed and Confused Gallery earlier this
Melanie Healy, 2000
"I paint pictures
of TV characters, using photographs of the moving image. The photos
create a breakdown of colour which appear more vivid, I paint as
I see the image, the way the light glows through it, like watercolour.
Each step of removal edges away from the TV image to a new reality.
Within this I want a feeling of transience, the moment caught, which
comes through dragging glazes of thinned paint across the painting.
The smudges made through moving paint around create juxtaposing
soft and crisp edges of the two dimensional and apparently three
dimensional natures of painting.
This way of painting allows my work to function as portraits with
very little in them; the essence of a character is immediately revealed
through facial expression, the eyes and mouth. Here I create a dialogue
between painting, viewer, painting: the echoing gaze. Reflections
on looking, expectations, links and references govern how the paintings
are read individually or in dialogue within a space." Artist's statement
Below: Jamie Mitchell, 2000